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Gibbs: 'We will keep a boot on the throat' of BP (Video)


White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Monday the Obama administration will "keep a boot on the throat" of BP to make sure the company stops oil from a sunken rig from pouring into the Gulf of Mexico as soon as possible. (Credit: The Associated Press)

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 3, 2010; 2:42 PM ET
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Bad choice of words Mr. Gibbs. Unfortunately it's about what I've come to expect from this administration as they are always sticking their face into things without either knowing all the facts or not bothering to pay any attention to them.

The President is trying so hard to be seen as a populist instead of acting as the leader of a powerful country that he persists in talking through his hat.

B/P came forward and accepted responsibility while the President was probably sitting on the pot. They were pledging to cover the costs of the clean up AND any and all provable and legitimate claims to damages caused by the spill. They also started immediately moving what supplies and equipment were available from the worldwide dispersal sites to the site of the destroyed rig.

Now they also have to listen to the screaming mob that wants their collective heads on a pike although the mob, as usual, doesn't have a clue as to the problems faced by B/P and many other companies that are trying their best to supply us with cheap energy.

To top that all off the President and his mouthpiece are doing their worst to keep the mob inflamed at a time when a real bi-partisan leader who was elected on a platform of healing the divisiveness in our society should be doing everything within his power to calm people's fears and for a refreshing change start telling American taxpayers the truth.

Instead we get the usual over heated rhetoric, half-truths, and down right distortions aimed at making the administration look good while demonizing their chosen opponent. I, and millions more just like me, am getting fed up with the strutting and posturing that is constantly going on in Washington. Compared to the really great and consequential Presidents who we’ve been blessed to have in our past the current one is becoming a failure, and very rapidly too. As for the Senators and Congressmen and women who we’ve allowed to become a new kind of political royalty, most of them aren’t good enough to even think about walking in the shadow of any of the founding fathers let alone their personal icons of the 40’s and 50’s. Those men and women died out after the war and we haven’t had the sense to replace them with quality and qualified individuals.

Posted by: Sproing | May 4, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Bad choice of words Mr. Gibbs. Unfortunately it's about what I've come to expect from this administration as they are always sticking their face into things without either knowing all the facts or not bothering to pay any attention to them.

The President is trying so hard to be seen as a populist instead of acting as the leader of a powerful country that he persists in talking through his hat.

B/P came forward and accepted responsibility while the President was probably sitting on the pot. They were pledging to cover the costs of the clean up AND any and all provable and legitimate claims to damages caused by the spill. They also started immediately moving what supplies and equipment were available from the worldwide dispersal sites to the site of the destroyed rig.

Now they also have to listen to the screaming mob that wants their collective heads on a pike although the mob, as usual, doesn't have a clue as to the problems faced by B/P and many other companies that are trying their best to supply us with cheap energy.

To top that all off the President and his mouthpiece are doing their worst to keep the mob inflamed at a time when a real bi-partisan leader who was elected on a platform of healing the divisiveness in our society should be doing everything within his power to calm people's fears and for a refreshing change start telling American taxpayers the truth.

Instead we get the usual over heated rhetoric, half-truths, and down right distortions aimed at making the administration look good while demonizing their chosen opponent. I, and millions more just like me, am getting fed up with the strutting and posturing that is constantly going on in Washington. Compared to the really great and consequential Presidents who we’ve been blessed to have in our past the current one is becoming a failure, and very rapidly too. As for the Senators and Congressmen and women who we’ve allowed to become a new kind of political royalty, most of them aren’t good enough to even think about walking in the shadow of any of the founding fathers let alone their personal icons of the 40’s and 50’s. Those men and women died out after the war and we haven’t had the sense to replace them with quality and qualified individuals.

Posted by: Sproing | May 4, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

"We will keep a boot on the throat of BP". This is indeed how thugs talk especially ones that despise big business. And they call others names like Nazi's? They sound more like Nazi's to me.
Funny how this administration waited over 9 days to even comment on the tragedy in the gulf. Obama cracked jokes while we had a bomb in Times Square, flooding in the mid east, and this oil tragedy in the gulf. This administration is so inept. They are way out of their league and it is getting more frightening every day. This is a shameful mess we find ourselves in with absolutely pathetic immature know nothing so called leadership at the top.

Posted by: greatgran1 | May 4, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised Robert Gibbs verbalized this sentiment... but it's the same feeling you get as a prosecutor when you see the same defendant in court after multiple arrests and you know they aren't going to stop breaking into people's homes, or beating on their wife... until the law comes down on them hard. Hence, the "boot on the throat" analogy. Certain kinds of people will only relent when they have no choice.

What I wonder is how much power the United States really has against BP Amoco? BP's only duty is to their shareholders. Doesn't that mean fight anything that cuts into their profits...? including those pesky people on the coast who are going to file for compensation because their businesses were destroyed...

so, don't criticize Mr. Gibbs for his "boot" comment... keep your fingers crossed the Administration has a big enough boot.

Posted by: fromtheboulevards | May 3, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Don't ya just love the classy way this administration talks, y'all? Granny would be right ta home.

Posted by: prossers7 | May 3, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Smash the kulaks!

Posted by: member8 | May 3, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

The authoritarian regime loves their "boot on the throat" analogy...typical of the Chicago slime.

OBAMA DID NOTHING, MADE NO STATEMENTS ABOUT THE SPILL FOR 12 DAYS.

When will we throw this criminal out of the White House?

Posted by: joesmithdefend | May 3, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

At least he's an honest fascist; but not too well informed since it was Halliburton whose cementing job failed, not BP. I wonder if he's going to put his boot on Lisa Jackson, whose celebration of EARTH DAY lasted an entire week, leaving her NO TIME to assess the magnitude of the environmental disaster. I forgive her, and all those Coast Guard Commanders who also screwed up---I'll even loan GIBBS some extra boots for all these waddled up necks.

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | May 3, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

A better choice of words could have been used. If Bush ever threatened to "keep a boot at the throat" of any one, the Lame Stream Media would have gone ballistic. Herr Gibbs is a moron!!

Posted by: priley8104 | May 3, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

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